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The Competition 2018: Outside Linebacker

Returning Players

Terrell Suggs (16th season)
Za’Darius Smith (fourth season)
Matthew Judon (third season)
Kamalei Correa (third season)
Tyus Bowser (second season)
Tim Williams (second season)

Free-Agent Signings

None

Rookies

Myles Humphrey (undrafted)
Chris Board (undrafted)

Projected Starters

Terrell Suggs will once again anchor one side of the Ravens’ defensive front as the veteran isn’t showing signs of slowing down. Baltimore has done a good job of managing his snaps in recent years, which has helped to keep Suggs fresher down the stretch. On the opposite side, Matthew Judon will look to build on a breakout sophomore campaign in which he registered eight sacks and 60 tackles in 12 starts.

Key Role Players

Here’s where things get interesting. The Ravens have a lot of young talent on the roster and no clear way to get them a lot of snaps. Though Za’Darius Smith registered just 3.5 sacks last year, only four players in the NFL hit quarterbacks more often than him, per Pro Football Focus. As he enters a contract year, Smith is looking to put up big sack numbers. Sophomores Tyus Bowser and Tim Williams are looking to take the next step in their careers after flashing as rookies. Bowser has been particularly impressive so far this offseason, both in pass coverage and getting after the quarterback.

Most Anticipated Battle

Kamalei Correa will be the player to watch among this group. The 2016 second-round pick requested to move back to outside linebacker after a one-year trial at inside linebacker. He feels more comfortable outside and has looked good, but has more competition at that spot. Correa has to make himself useful on special teams. Myles Humphrey is an undrafted rookie to keep an eye on, as the Ravens have moved the college defensive end to linebacker (both inside and outside).

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